The BBC’s announcement that they’ll stick with You Decide as a selection format for Eurovision 2017 has left us with mixed feelings. Last year’s selection didn’t exactly set us on fire when it came to our Wiwi Jury. Not only that, but Joe and Jake failed to set the scoreboard alight. Their total of 8 points in the televote was only one point better than Electro Velvet managed in 2015.

Well, we think we might have found a great competitor to fly the UK’s flag in Kyiv: Melanie C. The ex-Spice Girl recently released her new track “Anymore“, which comes in handily at under three minutes and was released just after the 1st September cut-off point.

Mel C — Anymore

Now, look, we’re not saying that this should be the UK’s Eurovision entry hands down. It is, however, a very strong song and would probably do very well at the contest.

What it does prove is that Mel could be behind a song that’s right in the Eurovision mould. She was often regarded as the best vocalist from the Spice Girls and has had a number of solo hits. “Never Be The Same Again” and “I Turn To You” both went to number one, whilst she had modest success recently with her duet with Matt Cardle, “Loving You“.

Choosing Mel wouldn’t necessarily strike as an attempted “reboot” or “blast from the past”, like Bonnie Tyler or Engelbert Humperdinck. The Spice Girls continue to be culturally relevant even now: just look at their performance at the 2012 Olympics. Talks of a reunion in 2017 have been going around for some time now too.

Except Mel C has already ruled herself out of that reunion (along with Victoria Beckham), stating that it “didn’t feel right”. With nothing but her own material to promote for 2017, what would stop her from going to Kyiv?

We’d doubt that she would go in for You Decide 2017, unfortunately. But given the BBC’s call for strong and emotional songs this year, surely she’d be able to submit a tune.

What do you y’all think? Should Mel C — or an act like her — be the UK’s representative in Kyiv? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
5 years ago

I don’t think so. They’ve tried 2 has-beens this decade alone. I don’t think a 3rd will change any minds anywhere else in Europe.

random.sage2.5
5 years ago

Big Mel C fan since 2006

She’ll do fine if she competed this year but I don’t see top 10 for her. A mid tempo, heartbreak/longing song would be perfect for her. Guitars and orchestra. 🙂

mawnck
mawnck
5 years ago

Is Shampoo still alive? 😛

Nitzan
Nitzan
5 years ago

NO

Mario = Legend
Mario = Legend
5 years ago

Boring and beige. Bottom of leaderboard.

Richard
Richard
5 years ago

Nothing against Mel C, but this song is boring. 2016 was a great show but lacked variety in the style of songs, too much formulaic pop sung in English. The show risks becoming musically bland if it continues down this track, while the presentation of the songs (in terms of lighting and back drop) becomes ever more creative. I’d like the UK to be braver and bolder in it’s choice, we have nothing to lose and look how well Ukraine fared with it’s dark and unusual entry this year.

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
5 years ago

I remember an interview she gave in 2007 where she mentioned that the contest has an image problem (with scootch being chosen over better choices) but when asked about being chosen she said she wouldn’t mind as it “looks like fun”.
I would be happy to see her do it but I don’t think she really needs too, maybe leave it for new unknown talent

kris
kris
5 years ago

Seeing Austria and ukraine win in recent times makes me wonder if speaking rather than singing earns more points in Eurovision

i turn to you
i turn to you
5 years ago

not a fan of that current radio funky bass music, give me some real dance pop

Roger
Roger
5 years ago

Let me suggest someone who have sung with Melanie C (but not as a Spice girl)
Someone who knows What’s In It For Me as she has asked herself for over ten years.
A half Britt with double experience from Melodifestivalen.
She started young, releasing new music 2016 under her real name.

Roger
Roger
5 years ago

@beccaboo1212 BBC uses 18 yo, as a kid should not enter for UK – “fans” are not nice

Gav
Gav
5 years ago

No. not another … they WERE once great artist. I’m aware Mel C has had sucsess in other countries (whilst none here) so she could do well, but really, why are we even contemplating a stereotypical artist and song? Let’s get inventive.

Fatima
Fatima
5 years ago

Sorry ‘Hello’, but ‘perfect for Eurovision’ hardly has much meaning when we’ve had such recent winners as Jamala, Conchita, Marija and Lordi. Something like them, standing out from all the acts which others think are ‘perfect’, is more likely to win. Mel C isn’t that and nor is anything else likely to be selected under the authority of Guy Freeman.

beccaboo1212
5 years ago

What about Connie Talbot? She’ll be turning 16 next month, so therefore she’d finally be eligible for the UK’s national selection! 🙂

Franco
Franco
5 years ago

FLORRIE! FLORRIE! FLORRIE!
Help me persuade the BBC that they should call Florrie for the task!
Why can’t they understand that she is the perfect contestant for the UK in ESC?

Jonas
Jonas
5 years ago

Rock music does not originate from Britain. The Beatles were copying Little Richard and Elvis. Pop music was around since Bing Crosby popularized it and it grew from there.

Mark Beckenbreur
Mark Beckenbreur
5 years ago

Well, she isn’t that good live.., besides ‘Anymore’ doesn’t sound convincing.., I mean it is not a winner song. It’s not even a top 10 song.

Denis
Denis
5 years ago

This would just be gong down the Bonnie Tyler route again. Sending once great artists thinking their past will gain votes. ESC will do nothing for her career and it won’t improve Britain’s record .
They should focus on finding fresh faces.

Also to the person wanting “traditional” music, what does that even mean? Medieval folk ballads gong back to Shakespeare? I would argue that pop and rock music is their tradition since they originate from Britain. Joe & Jake in particular had a very traditional British pop sound.

I am not Jamala
I am not Jamala
5 years ago

She would have to participate in the UK national selection.

Charles
Charles
5 years ago

First Nelly Furtado … now Mel C … who’s next in the wishlist? Britney?
Seriously … who the hell thinks that these worldwide known acts with their own careers will take 2 weeks of their time to be part of something that quite easily can drag them down into shame?

an esc fan
an esc fan
5 years ago

I don’t have the secret of winning ESC, but my opinion is that each day of the year UK music industry is an open book for all the world to see, and this is their weakness, not the fact that they are not sending stars. Europe wants to see something they don’t see everyday from UK. It is just my opinion, Jamala (artist that I don’t like, but this is not important) won with a song that had no aim to be radio friendly or modern. I don’t know what more to say about that topic.

Jonas
Jonas
5 years ago

Well arguably pop music could be considered their version of traditional music, considering their long history in the genre. To be honest, I’m not even sure what you constitute as “traditional” for them? Morris dancing or something?

an esc fan
an esc fan
5 years ago

I think that ESC fans love traditional music, nothing wrong with singing epic song about nature from your country, I did not meant it as a song about royalty like Lady Diana. I meant it in Emmelie de Forest style.

Jonas
Jonas
5 years ago

Hmm, that would really cement the Brexit image. Not a good idea…

an esc fan
an esc fan
5 years ago

@Jonas
It is because ESC is risky, stars are afraid of being last at ESC.

In my opinion, UK could go traditional, with traditional instruments (like Emmelie de Forest – Denmark 2013), and lyrics like ”… English Rose… England’s greenest hills” … you know, like ”Candle in the wind”, but with at least one traditional instrument.
East is doing that all the time with balkan ballads.

Jonas
Jonas
5 years ago

She has a great voice for sure. Sometimes that alone is enough to pick up votes. If she displays any hint of a snooty attitude to the contest, though, she’s out. I never understand how UK stars like Olly Murs or Mika or whoever have no problem appearing on exploitative trash like The X Factor yet they always seem to turn their noses up at Eurovision.

Mel C strikes me as a lovely & grounded person though, and I think she’d do well ….yes, I approve. 🙂

Maybe I’m projecting here

Sash Animenkos
Sash Animenkos
5 years ago

Mel C can actually surprise us in Kyiv if…
if a good song.
Now, ‘Anymore’ has a very modern sound but…
but the message fails to impress.
I mean – how many times have we heard about ‘love’, ‘floor’ and ‘music’? Personally I…
Personally I a lot!

Now. What I suggest –
Yeah, let’s offer Mel C to represent the UK in eurovision. However, let’s offer her a really quality song with a strong message and a modern sound.

an esc fan
an esc fan
5 years ago

Hope that UK will do well next year, and my opinion as eastern european is that Spice Girls are so 90’s, and all their reunions are just because they are money hungry. Sorry if I sound offensive, I like Joe and Jake, and I want to help with my opinion, I don’t see votes for a former spice girl from many european countries, no matter how good the song.

beccaboo1212
5 years ago

Steve: “Her voice is TERRIBLE”

On the surface, Mel C has an ok voice. However, I wasn’t really expecting her to have interest in Eurovision, but it would be nice to see another global star actually participating.

Racal
Racal
5 years ago

She’s a great singer, but 1 you mention yourself that she hasn’t done much in recent years, and 2, what’s in it for her? She’s already a global superstar and a millionaire. Going to Eurovision can only go two ways: either she does well and that changes nothing to her already long career, either she does badly and she ends up humiliated. Nothing in it for her.

Steve
Steve
5 years ago

Her voice is TERRIBLE.

Matilda
Matilda
5 years ago

I would love it. I love ‘Loving you’.<3

Isaac Visser
Isaac Visser
5 years ago

But the bbc are also considering acts from other labels too, so…why not bypass the national selection?

Hello
Hello
5 years ago

I have said for last few years that she would be perfect for eurovision ..

Leo Valdez
Leo Valdez
5 years ago

I want birdy to represent the uk
Her music is so good and she’s not that famous so she has it all for eurovision

James
James
5 years ago

I discovered this song a week or so ago and the first thing I thought of was how perfect it would be for Eurovision. It has a similar feel to Ira Loscocould or Poli Genova from this year and would do very well. However it would need a good live performance and altho Mel is a good singer and has done some great live performance..when she sings out of tune she really sings out of tune and it becomes like nails on a chalkboard. ( Listen to Never be the same again on MTV live for an example..it is horrific… Read more »